Thomson Announces Alliance with Intertainer To Offer Content and Media Delivery System

Paris, January 16, 2002 - Thomson multimedia (Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), a leading provider of home entertainment products and services, announced today an alliance with Intertainer, Inc., a leading video-on demand service, complementing Thomson's broadband solutions targeted toward service providers.

Over the past two months, Thomson has demonstrated the capability of delivering high quality video and entertainment services over an open standards broadband network. On December 17, jointly with Alcatel, Thomson demonstrated broadband video entertainment content being delivered over an enhanced MPEG-2 format though a simple DSL telephone line.

With the Intertainer service, Thomson adds a complementary offering to its broadband solution with the ability to deliver high quality content at lower bit rates utilizing the Windows Media format, enabling access to millions of DSL and cable users world-wide.

"Today's announcement marks another significant step toward Thomson's end-to-end broadband solution by incorporating Intertainer's content and media delivery system," said Thomson's Enrique Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Broadband Access Products (BAP) Worldwide. "The Intertainer/Thomson alliance allows Thomson the ability to offer broadband service providers new business opportunities in digital entertainment over multiple delivery formats."

The Intertainer library features more than 70,000 hours of content, including films from major Hollywood studios and a variety of television and music programming from more than 70 premium content providers. Intertainer content partners include Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Dreamworks SKG, Artisan Entertainment, NBC, A&E Television Networks, Discovery Channel, EMI Music, ESPN, PBS, Warner Music Group and numerous others.
The broadband portfolio agreement with Intertainer completes Thomson's initiative for end-to-end solutions to deliver entertainment content to the home. Other elements include:

  • In conjunction with Intertainer's patented Digital Entertainment Service Platform, Thomson plans to leverage the capabilities of its Digital Media Solutions division and Technicolor, a Thomson business and leader in the digital media chain. Technicolor is ideally positioned as a preferred supplier of digital asset management and digital content preparation services.

  • Thomson's venture with Alcatel, Nextream, would serve as preferred supplier of multimedia video head-ends, encoders and integration services.

  • Thomson Broadband Access Products group will support the initiative in the development of a set-top gateway product that accepts entertainment services and Internet-delivered programming and displays that content on TV monitors. The set-top will deliver Intertainer and MSN content along with advanced video, audio and data services, all utilizing Microsoft's latest generation of Windows Media audio, video, and digital rights management technologies. . Thomson will serve initially as exclusive supplier of the new set-top product.

The Thomson set-top device will give consumers instant access to Intertainer's library featuring thousands of Hollywood films, TV shows and music videos. The set-top product will be capable of providing digital quality picture performance, e-mail, Internet access and other entertainment services.

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About Thomson multimedia

With sales of 9.1 billion Euros (U.S. $ 8.3 billion) in 2000 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing, and New Media Services. The company distributes its products under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.
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About Intertainer

Using its flexible, interoperable Digital Entertainment Service Platform™, Intertainer ( delivers the largest selection of movies, music videos, television and shopping on-demand instantly to your PC or TV. The service is delivered over digital cable and broadband systems and features content from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, A&E Networks, NBC, Discovery, ESPN, Pearson Television, Warner Music, EMI Music and many others. Enhanced TV functionality, interactive advertising, e-commerce opportunities and personalization features round out the Digital Entertainment Service Platform offering and the Intertainer experience. Strategic partners include Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.

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